President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for incoming governments to build on the foundations laid by their predecessors as no single government was capable of solving all the problems in the country.
The President who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, stated this on Monday at the ‘State of the Nation Dialogue’ organised by the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja.
The President expressed the belief that the outcome of the dialogue would be transmitted to the Government so that whatever resolutions are reached, would form a part of the document that would be prepared and handed over to the new incoming government.
Speaking on the state of security in the country, a former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase said the challenge in Nigeria was not much about the crime rate but the prosecution of criminals to serve as a deterrent to others.
While commending most of the presidential candidates for promising to embark on massive recruitment into the nation’s security agencies, Arase noted that technology must also be combined with numerical strength to make the country safe for all.
In her keynote address, Deputy Secretary of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, called for the inclusiveness of youths and women in Nigeria’s quest for national development.
She regretted that Nigerian women constitute only 3.6 per cent of the national assembly and appealed to authorities to prioritize gender equality, and women’s rights and increase the number of women in government.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, blamed lawyers for some of the ills plaguing the society and urged Nigerians to forgive the past and look forward to a new nation where lawyers would be the champions of good governance, justice and development